Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!

Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!

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OnePlus has changed some of its usual norms in mobile phone manufacturing this year, especially after its recent partnership with Oppo. This change is reflected in the design of its new phone, the OnePlus 10 Pro, and its capabilities in photography and performance compared to its predecessors. This version also delves into areas like charging speed and RAM capacity, opening its doors wider to compete with top-tier phones like the Galaxy S22 Plus and Pixel 6 Pro, even though it remains within the price range of the most powerful mid-range phones.

OnePlus equipped its new OnePlus 10 Pro with Gorilla Glass 5 for the reinforced back cover and Gorilla Glass Victus for the front display. Between them lies a durable aluminum frame in the same color as the phone, with the camera unit wrapping around the top left corner extending to the back cover, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. As a result, the phone weighs 201 grams and measures 163 by 73.9 by 8.6 millimeters.

The phone comes in black and emerald green colors, with the camera module retaining its glossy black color in both models. It also features a large Hasselblad logo on the left edge and the P2D 50T engraving near the LED flash button.

The OnePlus 10 Pro has sharp buttons for volume and power control on its sides, along with the familiar slider button from OnePlus phones above the power button.

Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!

OnePlus claims to have tested the phone’s durability and water resistance thoroughly, but this is limited to sales through T-Mobile only, excluding other mobile phone companies.

Regarding the speakers, the OnePlus 10 Pro did not perform as expected in terms of sound levels, especially when compared to flagship phones like the Galaxy S22 Plus. It suffers from audio imbalance, particularly at higher volumes, but it regains balance at lower volume levels, making it suitable for watching YouTube videos at low to medium volume levels.

Finally, the fingerprint reader is integrated into the OnePlus 10 Pro’s display, slightly higher than in previous generations, making it easier to use. The face unlock feature is also available but is not as secure.

The OnePlus 10 Pro retains the AMOLED LTPO display from its predecessor, the 9 Pro, measuring 6.7 inches with QHD resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio. This makes it suitable for watching movies, browsing the web, and gaming.

The default settings for this screen are Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, but these settings can be adjusted for enhanced display capabilities.

Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!

The color depth varies based on brightness levels, with OnePlus calibrating the display colors for different brightness levels. While there’s a minimal difference between the brightness levels, the screen details remain very clear, making it challenging to distinguish color depth differences. The display settings also offer a variety of customization options to suit user preferences perfectly.

At maximum brightness, the screen reaches 1300 nits according to OnePlus, although it didn’t quite match similar Samsung phones in reality. However, HDR performance was good for daily use, especially in displaying deep blacks and clear content in daylight thanks to the adaptive brightness feature.

The LTPO display technology allows the refresh rate to dynamically switch between 120Hz and 1Hz based on tasks, optimizing battery usage.

The OnePlus 10 Pro runs on the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor paired with 8 or 12GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage.

While the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip demonstrates strong performance in various tests, the phone’s task management technologies play a significant role in overall performance efficiency. Unlike last year, the OnePlus 10 Pro comes with settings to throttle performance to preserve battery life. While this decreased benchmark efficiency compared to the previous generation OnePlus 9 Pro, restoring performance levels to the maximum resulted in surpassing the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in benchmarks.

Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!

In real-world usage, the OnePlus 10 Pro performed exceptionally well in daily tasks without hiccups or slowdowns, thanks to OnePlus’s optimization with Color OS. Graphics stuttering has been reduced significantly, making multitasking and app switching smoother.

For gaming, performance may suffer in demanding titles like Genshin Impact, aiming to maintain 55 frames per second in normal mode. Switching to performance mode improves frame rates to 60 frames per second, but the phone’s cooling system rarely lets temperatures rise above 40 degrees Celsius during extended usage.

The OnePlus 10 Pro supports mmWave 5G bands, although actual band support depends on the region. Sub-6GHz bands are supported universally, ensuring good data transfer speeds with LTE networks. Additionally, the phone supports Wi-Fi 6 connectivity efficiently but lacks support for UWB or ultra-wideband bands, making it incompatible with Bluetooth trackers or services like phone-as-key features for cars.

Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!

This phone features a large 5000mAh battery capacity, contributing to the OnePlus 10 Pro’s classification among other flagship phones currently available. However, the high-performance levels of this phone with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors may negatively impact battery life and energy conservation.

By keeping the phone’s default settings, including screen resolution, brightness, and refresh rate, the battery can last until the end of a full day. However, switching to high-performance modes and increasing resolution levels will inevitably decrease battery life. Considering user interface efforts to maximize battery life, continuous screen operation will drain the battery after about seven hours from a full charge.

The Oppo brand has integrated its technology into the OnePlus 10 Pro by adding the SuperVOOC wired charging technology to the phone’s battery, capable of receiving 80W power. Note that US models of the phone come with a 65W charger in the box, while using the SuperVOOC charger can fully charge the battery in about 32 minutes or 34 minutes with the 65W charger for US models. Additionally, the phone supports 30W USB-PD charging if the SuperVOOC charger is not available.

On the other hand, this phone also supports the AirVOOC wireless charging technology with 50W power. Charging the phone takes no more than 70 minutes using the Warp 50 charger from OnePlus, while Qi wireless charging pads provide 15W power.

Finally, the OnePlus 10 Pro can charge other small devices such as wireless earphones thanks to its reverse wireless charging feature, distributing power at 5W.

The camera capabilities of OnePlus phones have not significantly improved over time, with the most noticeable improvements seen in the OnePlus 9 Pro. The latest 10 Pro model inherits the same sensors and imaging technologies, featuring the 48MP IMX 789 main sensor, a telephoto zoom camera with 3.3x magnification and 8MP resolution, and the 50MP Samsung JN1 ultra-wide sensor, capable of expanding the frame to 150 degrees. However, this phone has abandoned the monochrome sensor and the autofocus in the ultra-wide camera, which previously excelled at capturing close-up macro shots.

The main camera captures generally suitable shots, benefitting from the collaboration between OnePlus and Hasselblad, especially in color accuracy and realistic depth. However, exposure and focus rates remain average, although the dynamic range has improved. The camera now handles direct light better but may sacrifice some details and shadows. Low-light conditions increase sharpness and reveal visible noise reduction algorithms.

In dim lighting, the phone’s camera struggles with noise control, resulting in noticeable amounts of noise. The dedicated night mode doesn’t significantly improve matters as it greatly increases exposure time. The OIS algorithm also struggles to stabilize the target, showing clear vibrations.

The ultra-wide camera suffers from distortion due to the increased frame size, which diminishes the importance of choosing a wider sensor. As a response, OnePlus moved the wide-frame mode to sub-settings in the camera app and introduced a new option to crop wide shots from the 50MP sensor and apply distortion correction.

Regarding portrait mode, the phone performs exceptionally well, accurately defining edges and minimizing bokeh effects, resulting in a more natural look.

Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!
Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!
Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!
Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!
Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!
Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!

The 32MP selfie camera also does a good job in edge detection but occasionally struggles with softening overly sharp details in the image.

The OnePlus 10 Pro can record videos in 8K resolution at 24 frames per second and in 4K resolution at 120 frames per second. The camera performs best when shooting at 30 to 60 frames per second, especially evident in 4K resolution videos where details are clear, and colors appear natural.

The camera app on this phone follows the Color OS user interface, meaning some features and services like exposure control will be under additional settings rather than being distributed around the capture frame.

The OnePlus 10 Pro operates on the Oxygen OS 12.1 user interface, primarily based on Android 12, with the underlying Color OS interface. This interface has encountered some programming errors that have prompted many experts to address them recently. These issues include font size discrepancies between the gallery app and other parts of the user interface, and occasional loss of notifications without apparent reasons, making it unreliable in notifying us about all incoming emails or messages.

Review of the OnePlus 10 Pro: Nothing New!

On the other hand, swiping down the notification shade from the right side reveals a quick tools and features menu, currently known as the OnePlus Shelf. Users can move these tools to the home screen for daily scheduling, use the OnePlus Scout service for quick searches within the phone, and access the Work-Life balance mode, which specializes in creating lists and profiles related to specific parts of the day. This mode handles tasks like muting notifications from random apps, and it’s easy to dismiss and end these lists afterward.

Additionally, Oxygen OS 12.1 has reintroduced precise control over the dark mode settings, including three options for setting the appropriate color for the notification shade, ranging from light gray to black.

OnePlus is currently promoting the new Private Safe feature, which acts as a secure vault within the phone by isolating our photos, videos, and important documents and protecting them with a password. However, this feature is currently limited to the gallery app and file manager.

Finally, this interface doesn’t come with many rarely used pre-installed apps; it only includes Spotify and Netflix in case they were pre-installed, but they can also be removed.

OnePlus has promised three major OS updates for the OnePlus 10 Pro, along with a commitment to four years of security patches.

The OnePlus 10 Pro continues the high-performance legacy of its predecessor, the 9 Pro, with improvements in user interface, camera system, and battery life-enhancing technologies, along with minimizing programming errors as much as possible. It also maintains a high-quality display and durable design. However, it’s not without its drawbacks, such as the manufacturer’s oversight of waterproofing standards for all phone models, and some camera and audio issues, which contribute to its price tag of around $950 for the top models.

Author Rating

Overall Rating based on reviewers at technic4u
80%

Design

90%

Performance

80%

camera

80%

Battery

80%

Additional features

Positives

  • +Luxurious Materials with High-Quality Manufacturing, available in two colors.
  • +5G Networks + Dual SIM support.
  • +6.7" AMOLED Display with QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate for an amazing experience.
  • +Screen and back protection layer.
  • +Flagship Qualcomm processor offers powerful performance in all tasks.
  • +Stereo speakers with excellent sound quality + Dolby Atmos.
  • +In-screen fingerprint scanner with face recognition feature.
  • +Primary rear camera delivers excellent results in various conditions.
  • +8K video recording + optical stabilization + electronic stabilization.
  • +5,000mAh battery for long-lasting usage.
  • +Wired 80W charging with included charger + 50W wireless charging.

Negatives

  • -Cannot install a memory card, and there is no 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • -IP68 water/dust resistance standard is only confirmed for the US version, while other versions have not officially confirmed this standard.
  • -The front camera only supports video recording in 1080p quality.
  • -I personally didn't like the design very much, but this point is subjective and depends on the individual.
82%

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